Light Looks to Reinvent Photography With a L16

October 24, 2015 - photo frame

The Light L16 is a camera that takes some explanation.

From a distance, it looks like a black line-up with a silken front—the initial doubt we might ask is, where’s a lens? Take a closer demeanour and you’ll see that there are copiousness of lenses on a face—16 of them, to be precise. Different lenses glow during opposite times to change margin of view, and in some cases resolution—but during a best a camera captures 52-megapixel images (with Raw constraint available), and 4K (but usually from a singular lens).

The L16 is now in a antecedent phase, so some things might change before a Spring 2016 launch date. we sat down with Dr. Rajiv Laroia, co-founder and CTO of Light, to plead a product and a record that creates it possible. Unfortunately we didn’t have a operative section on hand—I saw a earthy mockup and an early antecedent camera that needs to spend some time during a troubleshooting dais to get sharpened again. Spring runs by June, technically, so Light has about 8 months to get all in sequence for an on-time L16 launch.

The L16 uses lenses and sensors designed with record grown for a smartphone industry. Molded cosmetic lenses concede for optics to be inexpensive, though still pointy adequate to span with 13-megapixel 1/3.2-inch CMOS picture sensors—the same form you’ll find in a phone or tablet. Of a 16 lenses, 5 cover a 35mm (full-frame equivalent) margin of view, another 5 are 70mm, and a final 6 are 150mm.

Light L16 : Lenses

The lens and sensor modules are placed scarcely prosaic into a slim camera body, with mirrors used to approach light into them. They’re sparse about a physique in a approach that allows a camera to take advantage of parallax to constraint a stage from somewhat opposite perspectives, that also allows for non-static control over abyss of field—even after an picture is prisoner when regulating a program that a association will supply with a camera. There are also skeleton to extend this capability to Photoshop regulating a plug-in—Raw images are saved in Adobe’s DNG format.

To constraint an picture during a 35mm margin of view, a L16 utilizes 10 lenses and sensors. Each of a 35mm lenses fires, capturing a geometry of a scene. The tangible picture is done regulating a 70mm lenses. Picture a support being damaged into quadrants, with one lens covering any quarter, and a fifth capturing information from passed center, partially overlapping any quadrant. Photos are stitched together (seamlessly, interjection to a wide-angle shots capturing a geometry), ensuing in a 52-megapixel image.

Shooting during 70mm works in a identical fashion, usually with a 70mm lenses formulating a far-reaching margin of perspective and a 150mm used to tack together a image. In-between focal lengths are also available—but during a reduced resolution. Shooting during 50mm gives we a 40-megapixel image, though Laroia states that, due to a approach that light is strong during this focal length, sound is reduced.

There are some other tricks that a churned lens complement allows. If you’re sharpened a stage with churned lighting levels, opposite lenses can constraint images with opposite bearing values—that allows for HDR photos to be prisoner in a singular instant. Laroia is also operative to incorporate lenses but tone filter arrays into a design. Not each sensor needs to constraint images in tone to emanate a tone picture interjection to a multi-lens design. And expelling a CFA improves sharpness and increases light-gathering capability by a cause of three.

Light L16

Light states that a surveys of consumers who have purchased SLRs uncover that many—as most as half—have stopped regulating them on a unchanging basis. It plans on eventually targeting these consumers with a product like a L16—something that promises to broach higher picture quality, a flexibility of several focal lengths, and a compress design.

Laroia sees a intensity for many uses of this tech in a future. A inscription with a margin of perspective relating 600mm, for instance, and he expects record partner Foxconn to incorporate a tech into smartphones. But for now, a Light L16 isn’t a product directed during a mass market. At $1,699, it’s decidedly niche, directed during print enthusiasts and early tech adopters. If we wish to save some money, and are peaceful to take a play on a tech, we can pre-order by Nov. 6 for $1,299, with a $199 deposition due during a time of order.

We’ll reason off on determining either a Light L16 fulfills a guarantee and intensity until we get to exam one in a genuine universe and in a lab. It’s one of a some-more intriguing designs I’ve seen come to market, and early representation images demeanour flattering good on a mechanism screen. But we won’t know for certain until a models are rolling off a prolongation line.

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